Known for its iconic nickname as the “Pineapple Capital of the Philippines”, our travel destination for today is a place that beautifully combines abundant agricultural scenery, a thriving culture, and breathtaking wonders into one big tourism gem. The place I’m talking about is none other than Mindanao’s precious jewel, Bukidnon.
A lot of amazing things can be said about Bukidnon as both seasoned travelers and beginners can definitely take away a lot of things from their exciting experiences in the province. For one, it is said that Bukidnon is like the Baguio City of Mindanao because of its cooler climate due to higher altitudes. It’s also the reason why Bukidnon is coined the “Fruit and Vegetable Basket of Mindanao” as the cold weather allows the province to produce abundant supplies of native agricultural products.
Oh, and I’m sure that you’re intrigued by the origin of the name of Bukidnon province itself, right? Well, the name “Bukidnon” can be translated into the term “highlander” or “mountain dweller”. It can also be related to the Tagalog term “bukid” which means a rice field or an agricultural land dedicated mainly to farming. You can say that’s exactly the reason why Bukidnon is extremely rich and thriving in several agricultural products! Aside from being blessed with agricultural superiority, Bukidnon is also known for having spectacular natural wonders that are truly must-visits. And guess what? That’s exactly what we’ll be doing today.
So, what are you waiting for? Come and join me as we both set upon an adventure and explore the 15 Best Tourist Spots in Bukidnon!
1. Dahilayan Adventure Park
There’s absolutely no better way to start off our Bukidnon adventure than by going off with a bang! Well, that and a whole lot more are exactly what you should expect by visiting the famous Dahilayan Adventure Park. Dubbed “Mindanao’s Favorite Extreme Playground”, I’m sure that you’ll have plenty of fun and exciting memories when you’re able to take on all the extreme rides and adventures at this extreme amusement park!
From countless attractions such as the Inflatable Bootcamp, Dropzone, Mountain Coaster, and the iconic 840m Ziplines, get ready to receive your full dose of adrenaline fun! Dahilayan Adventure Park is indeed a perfect attraction both for children and adults. Well, as long as you don’t like backing down from challenges, this is definitely for you! BOOK A TOUR HERE
2. Kaamulan Park
Up next, we’re going to visit and explore one of the most relaxing places you can find in Bukidnon. Yup! I’m talking about the one and only Kaamulan Park in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. This 500-hectare eco-park is an ultimate combination of experiences that’s perfect for anyone! Consisting of educational, scientific, historical, and cultural attractions, it will be both fun and fulfilling experience.
Aside from all the lush green trees and cool landscape surrounding the eco-park, there are also lots of beautiful heritage houses that are perfect for explorations and photo opportunities. It’s also a wonderful memory-making chance for all families and friends, so be sure not to miss out! CHECK THE BEST HOTELS IN BUKIDNON HERE
3. Lake Apo
Located in Barangay Guinoyoran in Valencia City, Bukidnon is yet another amazing natural wonder you definitely shouldn’t miss in the Pineapple Capital. Lake Apo is one of the cleanest and most abundant bodies of fresh water in the Philippines. Covering a huge area of 24 hectares, the most popular attraction in Lake Apo is bamboo rafting or “balsa” in the local dialect.
Feel free to explore the lake along with its clear and clean waters and the thriving ecosystem surrounding the lake. It’s also a perfect place to capture the beautiful state of nature in its finest state. So make sure to bring your cameras, alright?
Aside from bamboo rafting, visitors can also enjoy fishing, swimming, and even eating fresh seafood right there and then! Oh, and Lake Apo is also considered to be the best place to escape from all the stress and noise of the city. It’s the perfect place to relax and become closer to nature by enjoying outdoor activities like camping, trekking, and such!
4. Monastery of the Transfiguration
The Monastery of Transfiguration is considered one of Bukidnon’s top pilgrimage destinations, especially during Holy Week. The church is actually the home of Benedectine Monks where visitors are invited to solemnly offer their prayers or attend Sunday masses.
The church can easily be spotted from afar thanks to its simple yet elegant pyramid-like structure. When you visit the Monastery of Transfiguration, you will immediately feel that the place exudes a feeling of peace and serenity. So make sure to observe proper discipline during your visit, alright? Aside from the church itself, there’s also a two-story museum featuring the vestment collections of Fr. Dom Martin Gomez, a famous couturier during the 70s who once dressed former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos.
5. Mount Kitanglad
Being the fourth-tallest mountain in the Philippines with a roaring elevation of 2,899 meters above sea level, Mount Kitanglad certainly is one of the most famous peaks in our country. Aside from being a sought-after mountain climbing destination, the mountain also houses major indigenous tribes and a thriving ecosystem featuring several animal species like the Philippine Eagle and the Philippine Tarsier.
The mountain is known to be one of the few remaining rainforests in the country, which plays a very important role in preserving the Philippines’ beautiful and rare endemic species. So don’t be afraid to try and take on the challenge of conquering its summit!
6. Mount Dulang-Dulang
Included in the mighty mountain range of Mt. Kitanglad is yet another famous peak which is dubbed “The D2” by Filipino mountaineers or more formally known as Mount Dulang-Dulang. Well, it’s also famous for being the Philippines’ second-highest mountain with a majestic height of 2,941 meters! Several hikers and mountain climbers from different parts of the country choose to climb the peak of The D2 simply because of all the breathtaking natural attractions you can find within it.
The mountain houses what many like to call the “Elvian Forest” because of the abundance of mossy trees and plants along the trails. A lot of people also claim that the sea of clouds atop the summit of Mount Dulang-Dulang is beyond imagination. It is indeed one of the most beautiful sceneries you’ll ever witness in your whole life!
7. Mount Kalatungan
Another peak waiting to be conquered here in Bukidnon is no other than Mount Kalatungan. With an elevation of 2,860 meters, it definitely is one of the Philippines’ tallest mountains! PHIVOLCS actually considers Mount Kalatungan to be a possible active volcano without any known eruptions in history.
It’s currently classified as a stratovolcano but still with lush and abundant flora and fauna surrounding it. So don’t be afraid to climb! A stunning sea of clouds, rare and beautiful plant species, animals, and more are all waiting for you to be discovered. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your things, call your friends, and start the challenge!
8. Nasuli Spring
Ah, after exploring all the famous mountains of Bukidnon, it’s just fitting that we now take some time to simply sit back, relax, and rest our bodies for a while, right? Well, by visiting Nasuli Spring in Malaybalay City, that’s exactly what we’ll be getting!
Covering a huge area of 12 hectares, this refreshing cold spring resort in Bukidnon indeed offers a fun and relaxing experience you would find hard to resist. Nasuli is indeed a natural spring where the water comes out from the ground and is naturally cold. There are even some parts of the spring where the depth of water reaches about 25 to 30 feet! There’s also a floating platform where you can sit and let small fishes massage your feet!
Aside from swimming and relaxing, you can also rent out some cottages on the resort where you can rest and have your lunch. Whether you’re coming here with your family or friends, I’m sure that it’ll be a beautiful memory-making activity for everyone!
9. Del Monte Pineapple Farm Plantation
Ah, at last! Your trip to Bukidnon certainly wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Del Monte Pineapple Farm Plantation. Covering an enormous area of 25,000 hectares, Del Monte’s Pineapple Farm Plantation in Camp Phillips is considered one of the largest pineapple plantations not only in the Philippines but in the whole world!
Of course, the main attraction here is the view of the extensive field of pineapples right before your eyes. But more than witnessing an insanely huge plantation of pineapples, visitors are also given the chance to learn more about planting pineapples, canning, packing, and essentially transforming them into some of Del Monte’s iconic products.
And aside from learning more about processing pineapples, visitors can also enjoy doing other activities in Del Monte’s very own golf club. Here, visitors are welcome to play golf, eat some delicious lunch, and many more! There’s also a wonderful souvenir shop where you can buy and shop some nice pineapple products like jams, candies, and other treats as well!
10. Mount Kitanglad Agri-Ecological Techno-Demo Center
Probably one of the Philippines’ most unique attractions that effectively promotes Bukidnon’s ecological and agricultural brilliance is the MKAETDC or Mount Kitanglad Agri-Ecological Techno-Demo Center. This impressive 22-hectare learning site aims to promote and improve the sustainable living culture of the locals by teaching them different skills such as Upland Farming Systems, Honeybee Culture, Nursery Operation, and many more!
The amazing thing about this is that locals also see this as an opportunity to learn profitable skills that they can use to start small businesses by utilizing some of the mountain’s native riches. Some of the amazing products you’ll encounter here at MKAETDC are Passion Fruit Juice, Citronella Oil, and other organic vegetables as well.
11. Alalum Falls
Alalum Falls is yet another precious gem nestled within the amazing Kitanglad Mountain Range. This 45-meter-high majestic waterfall is a hidden gem of both Sumilao and Impasug-Ong, Bukidnon. Find yourself enchanted by the beauty of the clear and clean cascades of water flowing through the gorgeous rock formations all the way to its deep catch basin.
Actually, the name “Alalum” is said to have originated from the Lumad-Binukid term “madalum” which means “deep”. Well, you can still enjoy and swim around the natural pool all you want as long as you can, so be sure not to miss out! Oh, and another beautiful thing about Alalum Falls is that it is relatively hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. So it’s indeed a perfect place to meditate and relax!
12. Mount Capistrano
Nestled right at the heart of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon is a beautiful mountain that became well-loved by locals as well as visiting travelers. Mount Capistrano is a 793-meter mountain that offers you one of the best outdoor experiences you can have in Bukidnon. Well, because of its manageable height, lots of tourists take on the challenge of hiking atop the summit of Mount Capistrano where you can enjoy the scenic view of the sea of clouds, the breathtaking landscape of Malaybalay City, and the astounding sight of Central Mindanao’s three (3) great mountain ranges: Kitanglad Range, Kalatungan Range, and the Piapayungan Range.
There are gorgeous rock formations all over the mountain but the most iconic one would be at the summit where it’s definitely a must to take awesome pictures!
13. Panimahawa Ridge
There’s more! Another popular hiking and trekking destination in Bukidnon is the amazing Panimahawa Ridge. With its highest peak standing tall at around 819 meters, conquering the summit of Panimahawa only takes about an hour for experts and two hours for newbies. That’s exactly why mountain-climbing enthusiasts from different parts of the country like to take on the challenge of climbing atop Panimahawa Ridge! Captivating landscapes, hidden trails, and a whole lot of fun are all waiting for you in this adventure. It’s also a nice bonding opportunity, especially for a group of friends who are all outdoor lovers. So don’t miss out!
14. Ultra Winds Mountain Resort
Well, well, well. After a long and tiring adventure of exploring and discovering all of Bukidnon’s tourist gems, I guess it’s safe to say that we deserve to relax and refresh our bodies, right? Ah, that’s exactly the reason why our next destination is no other than Ultra Winds Mountain Resort! This amazing hotel in Baungon, Bukidnon, offers a mind-blowing view of the Kitanglad Mountain Range and tons of premium facilities and amenities. There’s a huge outdoor infinity pool with waterslides, a massive event room, bars, and restaurants. The rooms are also spectacular which can all surely offer you the highest degree of comfort and convenience that you’ll need during your visit to Bukidnon. Oh, and it’s also very accessible from the Laguindingan International Airport so I’m sure you won’t have any problems!
15. Mindamora Falls | Limunsudan Falls
Finally, our last destination for our adventure today is the mesmerizingly beautiful Mindamora Falls also known as Limunsudan Falls. The waterfall borders the boundary of Iligan City and Talakag, Bukidnon. Prepare to be amazed because this precious gem will surely make your jaws drop! With an enormous two-tiered cascade that stands at about 870 feet, Mindamora Falls is indeed one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the entire country.
The amazing thing about Mindamora Falls is that it is tucked well within the heart of the forest that just a little to no one knows about its enchanting beauty. From afar, you’ll hear the splash of cascading waters and eventually witness its beauty that undeniably seems like a hidden paradise. Surely, Mindamora Falls is something you shouldn’t miss.